U.K. audit finds high risk of complications in diabetes patients

12/10/2012 | Guardian (London), The

British researchers found diabetes patients had a 48% higher risk of heart attack and a 65% higher risk of heart failure than the general population. Patients with diabetes also had a 144% increased risk of requiring kidney dialysis or transplant, 210% higher risk of leg amputation and 25% higher risk of stroke, researchers said. Data came from a national diabetes audit conducted by the National Health Service's Health and Social Care Information Centre, the charity Diabetes UK, and the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership.

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